Kramer Announces Staff Changes

Feb. 3, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer announced changes to the indoor volleyball staff on Friday morning as Trent Kersten has been hired as the new assistant coach and Brian Wright has been promoted to associate head coach.

Kersten, who spent the past two seasons as the volunteer assistant coach for the Horned Frogs, was promoted to full-time assistant after the departure of former assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Sara Matthews who took the head coaching job at Delaware.

“When putting together a staff, I am always looking to create the best team of personnel to lead our student-athletes,” Kramer said. “Trent is a natural fit for us and has been an instrumental part of our team for the past couple of years. He has a great energy about him, is a true student of the game, is open minded, creative when it comes to problem solving and has developed strong, trusting relationships with our staff and players. He's the right fit for our program at the right time and we couldn't be happier that he is sticking around the DFW Metroplex with us.”

Wright, who has been on Kramer’s staff since January 2015 and an integral part of the program, has been promoted to associate head coach. In charge of team defensive systems, scouting reports and middle blockers, Wright was instrumental in helping turn around a team that had not made the NCAA tournament since 2009 to back-to-back postseason appearances.

"As our program continues to improve, the logical next step is for members of our staff to be rewarded appropriately,” Kramer said. “I feel strongly that the amount of responsibility Brian manages for TCU Volleyball is deserving of an associate head coach title. This title change will come as no surprise to any of our players, as they have the utmost respect for Brian in all capacities and are aware of the amount of time he puts in to make certain they are prepared. We are very happy he is a part of the TCU volleyball family.”

TCU wrapped up the 2016 season by advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship for only the second time in program history. Kramer earned win No. 100 in her career with the victory over Wichita State in the first round and Natalie Gower became the fifth All-America honoree in program history. 

"I'm excited about the team of players and coaches that we have assembled for the 2017 season and am looking forward to engaging in this season's process with them,” Kramer said.



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